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Time reversal symmetry breakdown in normal and superconducting states in frustrated three-band systems
KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Theoretical Physics.
2013 (English)In: Physical Review B. Condensed Matter and Materials Physics, ISSN 1098-0121, E-ISSN 1550-235X, Vol. 88, no 22, 220511- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

We discuss the phase diagram and phase transitions in U(1) x Z(2) three-band superconductors with broken time reversal symmetry. We find that beyond mean-field approximation and for sufficiently strong frustration of interband interactions there appears an unusual metallic state precursory to a superconducting phase transition. In that state, the system is not superconducting. Nonetheless, it features a spontaneously broken Z(2) time reversal symmetry. By contrast, for weak frustration of interband coupling the energy of a domain wall between different Z(2) states is low and thus fluctuations restore broken time reversal symmetry in the superconducting state at low temperatures.

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2013. Vol. 88, no 22, 220511- p.
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2-Band Superconductors
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Physical Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-144136DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevB.88.220511ISI: 000332162300003ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84892384952OAI: diva2:712089
Knut and Alice Wallenberg FoundationSwedish Research Council

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Available from: 2014-04-14 Created: 2014-04-10 Last updated: 2014-04-14Bibliographically approved

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